Design

  • Practical Typography: The Only Book You’ll Need to Turn Pro

    Matthew Butterick is a writer, typographer and lawyer from Los Angeles. As a lawyer he is aqcuainted to reading professionally produced material, as a writer he wants to stick to the same standards, and as a typographer he creates the fonts needed to achieve that. Besides outstanding fonts Butterick also created the web-based book "Practical Typography" which I stumbled upon just recently. "Practical Typography" wants to equip the average designer, writer, anyone with typographical basic knowledge. Butterick promises to elevate your skills to reach a level that is higher than that of 99 percent of your fellow designers/writers.



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  • Call to Action: 40 of the Best Button Tutorials the Web Has to Offer

    A button is a small, but very important design element. Besides providing the overall functionality of any given website, buttons are often meant to spread a call to action. Equipped with this crucial task, buttons need to be visible and self-explanatory, no matter what. We have curated 40 of the best button tutorials the world-wide web has to offer to help your buttons achieve their goals. You’ll find trendy minimalistic specimen as well as elegant or playful examples. Add your own creativity and you’ll build that guarantor of success in no time.



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  • Professional Logo Design: 50 Strong Examples and Making Ofs

    Logo design is an art the average designer does not need to perform too often. Yet, every once in a while, even the designer around the corner will be asked to create one. Chances are, this will be giving him/her some sort of a hard time. Inspiration will be needed. In the following article we will deliver just that. But we will go further, and not only inspire, but also show you how logos evolve – from ideas to first sketches to production-ready. We hope you enjoy our little collection…



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  • Typography Without Limits: 40 Fresh Adobe Illustrator Text Effects

    Wondering how to start working with Adobe Illustrator without getting overwhelmed by its endless possibilities? Then begin your acquaintance from tutorials that are aimed to fill the gaps of your knowledge. Nothing can be compared to this kind of educational material, especially when devoted graphic designers reveal their secrets and techniques. Of course, there are a considerable number of tutorials that cover everything from creating user interface templates to drawing character designs, and it is really difficult to make up your mind in which sphere to plunge in. However if you want to slowly but surely move in this direction, you should take your first steps with tutorials concerning text effects. These, at least as a rule, resort to simpler solutions based on basic tools and standard techniques. Besides, spending neither more nor less than an hour of your time you will be able to convert a plain lettering into something eccentric and innovative, having restyled the original typography completely. You can find tutorials that will help you obtain impressive results from a simple type by enlivening it with various mind-blowing yet easy-to-repeat effects. Ready? Let’s go…



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  • Revised Vintage: Collection of Free Stuff to Awaken Your Inner Hipster

    The members of that subculture that is easily and uniquely recognizable by its Ray Ban glasses, skinny jeans/trousers, almost antique Holga photocamera, shaggy haircuts and deep love to vintage are called Hipsters. They are those who truly appreciate old-fashioned stuff and successfully manage to stay away from mainstream trends, while at the same time, look very stylish and voguish. Conquering the real world, they have finally reached the online universe by affecting various spheres of design including print graphic material and website looks. Thanks to its eccentric and offbeat appearance, the retro style has got a second wind. Just take a look at the website of Morgan Street Cafe or Max & Erma’s Illustrated Menu Cover made by Peter Donnelly, they simply exude of originality and sophistication as well as seize attention by professionally-crafted intricate appearances.



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  • HTML5: More Flexibility in Form Design

    Forms have grown more versatile with HTML5. The input element is now able to contain email addresses and dates and marking input fields as mandatory or prepopulating them with content is no longer a case for JavaScript – just to name a few of the most valuable additions. But then, there’s even more to it. Did you know you can now have more than one “submit” button and did you know that you can now have input and select element living outside your form element? We’ll walk you through this…



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  • CSS3 Background Blends: Photoshop Background Effects in pure CSS3

    With CSS3 we are able to add more than one background to an element. In doing so background images and/or colors are piled upon each other, just as you know from the layers concept of Photoshop. While transparencies exist, the underlying background file or color will shine through. The new CSS3 Background Blends allow for even more possibilities to combine several backgrounds into one impressive appearance.



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  • HTML5 Brings Tables Back: Contemporary Grid Layouts with CSS Grids

    Back in the days where CSS was a rumour and content and design were not divided, building a website using tables was perfectly common. With the rise of the semantic web tables were redefined to be used only for their original purpose, structuring data, that was meant to be shown in the form of tables. Furthermore, CSS didn’t bring forward an easy way to structure layouts in rows and columns. Now, with the new CSS Grids rasterized layouts return and they resemble the way of table-based designs quite closely.



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  • Sky’s The Limit: 40 Fresh and Free Photoshop Text Effects

    Text effects in Photoshop are an art not too many know how to achieve. At least not when we are expecting noteworthy effects. Still, a strong typographic logo or eyecatcher of any other kind is granted to draw a good deal of attention to whatever you want to communicate. Text effects with Photoshop are not that easy, but no rocket science either. We have curated 40 fresh and free Photoshop text effects to get you going. Grab your Photoshop and read on…



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  • HTML5 Clinic: Make Your Browser Talk via The Speech Synthesis API

    Navigation devices do it since forever. Now browsers are learning to do it, too. I’m talking about speech synthesis. HTML5′s new Speech Synthesis API allows your website to speak or more precise, to read out loud what is written there using a human voice. There are different voices for different languages, even several voices per language. Now all it takes is pressing a button and the browser will read your website contents to any visitor who demands it. A nice service for anyone and inevitable even for the visually impaired.



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